The cryo-EM structure of insect gustatory receptor Gr43a from Drosophila melanogaster

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  • Resolution: 2.60 Å
  • Aggregation State: PARTICLE 
  • Reconstruction Method: SINGLE PARTICLE 

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Structural basis for sugar perception by Drosophila gustatory receptors.

Ma, D.Hu, M.Yang, X.Liu, Q.Ye, F.Cai, W.Wang, Y.Xu, X.Chang, S.Wang, R.Yang, W.Ye, S.Su, N.Fan, M.Xu, H.Guo, J.

(2024) Science : eadj2609-eadj2609

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.adj2609
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
    8JM9, 8JMA, 8JME, 8JMH, 8JMI, 8X82, 8X83, 8X84

  • PubMed Abstract: 

    Insects rely on a family of seven-transmembrane proteins called gustatory receptors (GRs) to encode different taste modalities such as sweet and bitter. Here we report structures of Drosophila sweet taste receptors GR43a and GR64a in the apo and sugar-bound states. Both GRs form tetrameric sugar-gated cation channels, composed of one central pore domain (PD) and four peripheral ligand-binding domains (LBDs). Whereas GR43a is specifically activated by the monosaccharide fructose that binds to a narrow pocket in LBD, disaccharides sucrose and maltose selectively activate GR64a by binding to a larger and flatter pocket in LBD. Sugar binding to LBD induces local conformational changes, which are subsequently transferred to PD to cause channel opening. Our studies have revealed structural basis for sugar recognition and activation of GRs.

  • Organizational Affiliation

    College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310058, China.

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChains Sequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
Gustatory receptor for sugar taste 43a
A, B, C, D
443Drosophila melanogasterMutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: Gr43aGR43.1CG1712
Membrane Entity: Yes 
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UniProt GroupQ9V4K2
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Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Resolution: 2.60 Å
  • Aggregation State: PARTICLE 
  • Reconstruction Method: SINGLE PARTICLE 

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Entry History & Funding Information

Deposition Data

  • Released Date: 2024-02-07 
  • Deposition Author(s): Ma, D., Guo, J.

Funding OrganizationLocationGrant Number
Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST, China)China2020YFA0908501

Revision History  (Full details and data files)

  • Version 1.0: 2024-02-07
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2024-02-14
    Changes: Database references